Friday, October 20, 2017

the margin

So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.  For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience
Hebrews 4:9-11 (NASB)

Margin - the edge of the paper, top, bottom, left and right sides that give border and definition to the page. The margin is the space that is meant to be left empty. If every word that fills the page goes from edge to edge of the paper, the eye would not be able to handle it, and the brain would not be able to read it. 

Our lives need to have margin as well. Our lives need the extra white space, which is filled with nothing. It is extra time, reserve time, that gives us borders, edges. It is an important factor in what God wants for us. God desires rest for his people. He desires our minds, hearts and bodies to rest between the work. 

We all get the same amount of it. T I M E.

But what if there isn’t?

What if there isn’t downtime, isn’t rest, isn’t margin, isn’t reserve?

Days filled to the brim, filled from edge to edge, can wear out, making the edges frayed, making the emotions raw. Making the borders unreadable, making all of it unintelligible.

The special needs parent has no margin, no reserve. The special needs parent has nothing extra from which to draw, no extra time, no extra emotion, no extra money. The special needs parent has no white space, no empty space.

Many days I find myself filled to the brim with a list beyond what I can handle. It fills my mind and heart with fear. It overwhelms me. 

I pray, God please help me leave to tomorrow the things I need to NOT do in this day.

But I want and seem to need to do them all, they all seem important, all beckoning for attention. Order the diapers, call the supplier about defective supplies, bless my family with work in the home, bless my employer with work completed, eat the right things for my health, and exercise for same reason, make sure to do the therapy Girlie needs, on and on and on.

What if?

What if I must schedule “rest,” schedule “margin,” just like I schedule work? Just like I schedule the children’s calendars. What if I schedule time in my day, saying this time of the day I choose to sit, close my eyes, and just be with the Lord, to rest in Him.

He will honor it. He will bless it. He will multiply it. AND He will help it happen.

Please pray with me:

God, I pray you would help me to schedule rest, schedule time with You. Please help me focus on what is important and put aside the things that aren't. Thank you that you work in the details of my life and want what is best for me and my family. Thank you that you desire time with me, as your daughter. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.


  1. He will honor it. He will bless it. He will multiply it. AND He will help it happen.
    How very reassuring are these statements. Thank you so much.